Dichtel Group Members Secure Competitive Positions

A flurry of exciting news, as Alaaeddin Alsbaiee will join Arkema Inc. to work on novel materials chemistry! Catherine DeBlase has accepted a position at the Dow Chemical Company! Dan Lehnherr is headed to the famed process group at Merck! Brian Smith will join the faculty of Bucknell University as an assistant professor! Congratulations to all and best wishes in taking the next step of your careers!

Sam Wins D.O.C. Travel Award

Sam Hein has been awarded the Division of Organic Travel Award, a national award offered through the American Chemical Society. This award will support his travel to the upcoming national ACS Meeting in Boston. There he will present his work synthesizing contorted aromatics through benzannulation chemistry. Congratulations Sam!

Kavli Emerging Leader Lectureship


Dichtel named Kavli Emerging Lecturer for the Fall 2015 ACS National Meeting in Boston!

The ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group has selected Will to give the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture. His lecture will be titled “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers” and will take place during the ACS National Meeting in Boston on Monday, August 17, 2015.


Dichtel Groups Hosts Two Workshops at Expanding Your Horizons


Dichtel Group Hosts Two Workshops for Expanding Your Horizons!

The Dichtel group hosts two workshops for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell University. “Materials in the House” workshop explores the chemistry behind everyday items, including nylon and styrofoam.  “BaNa2 Bread” looks at the relationship between organic chemistry and the kitchen. Expanding Your Horizons is a day of hands-on science workshops designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM fields.


Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine Win Awards!

Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine win awards!

First year graduate student Xiangyu Zhang won our department’s Teaching Excellence Award. Spencer Brucks won the ACS Cornell Section Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes research excellence among seniors who intend to pursue graduate studies. Jackie Carozza and Katherine Walker were awarded the Harold Adlard Lovenberg Prize, which recognizes the two top chemistry majors of the junior class. Congratulations to you all!


NSF Funding

NSF Funding

We gratefully acknowledge the National Science Foundation for support of our work on carbon nanostructures in the form of a CCI-I grant. We will be working as part of a team of accomplished experimental and theoretical chemists and physicists to study the molecule-nanostructure interface.


Will Arrives in Ithaca

Will arrives in Ithaca.

Will has arrived in Ithaca following a fantastic cross-country drive from Los Angeles. Highlights of the trip included repelling in Bryce Canyon, food and art in Santa Fe, rodeo in Oklahoma City, touring Graceland, and visiting friends and family all along the way.